Lea Tribune  Claire Christian of United South Central sets up her ball on the green with a shot from the fairway on the first hole of the front nine at the Class A girls' golf tournament Wednesday at Pebble Creek. Christian tied for 16th place. — Micah Bader/Albert Lea Tribune
Claire Christian of United South Central sets up her ball on the green with a shot from the fairway on the first hole of the front nine at the Class A girls' golf tournament Wednesday at Pebble Creek. Christian tied for 16th place. — Micah Bader/Albert Lea Tribune

Rebel boys and girls take 4th at state

Published 7:38pm Wednesday, June 12, 2013

BECKER — The United South Central boys’ and girls’ golf teams both took fourth place out of eight teams Wednesday on Day 2 of the Class A state golf tournament at Pebble Creek Golf Course.

Kyley Bullerman of United South Central tees off on the first hole of the front nine at the Class AAA state tournament. — Micah Bader/Albert Lea Tribune
Kyley Bullerman of United South Central tees off on the first hole of the front nine at the Class AAA state tournament. — Micah Bader/Albert Lea Tribune

The boys’ team finished with a score of 677, one stroke away from Legacy Christian Academy in third place and six strokes behind Murray County Central in second.

“We shot better and moved up one spot in the standings,” USC head coach Brad Huse said.

The Pederson cousins, Ryan and Nate led the boys’ team by finishing in the top 10.

After the first round, Ryan, a freshman, held 15th place with a 40 on the front and back nine. In the second round, he added a 37 on the front, and another 40 on the back for a total of 157. That score gave Ryan the fifth best score in the 88-player field.

Nate, a sophomore, moved from 31st place after the first round to 10th place after round two. He followed his first-round scores of 44 and 40 with a 37 and 39.

“They have the capability of shooting in the 70s (18 holes),” Huse said. “We’re looking for a few other guys to shoot in the low to mid 80s.”

Ali Wood of United South Central tees off on the first hole of the front nine Wednesday at Pebble Creek Golf Course. Wood earned 15th place with a score of 182 over two rounds. — Micah Bader/Albert Lea Tribune
Ali Wood of United South Central tees off on the first hole of the front nine Wednesday at Pebble Creek Golf Course. Wood earned 15th place with a score of 182 over two rounds. — Micah Bader/Albert Lea Tribune

The girls’ team finished with a score of 785, two strokes behind Wabasha-Kellogg in third place.

Ali Wood and Claire Christian led the girls’ team with a pair of top 20 finishes.

Wood, a senior, shot a 46 three times and a 44 on the back nine of the first round to place 15th.

Christian, a junior, shot two a 41 on the front nine of the first round, a 47 and two 48s to tie for 16th place.

“Our No. 1 and No. 2 girls shot very well,” Huse said. “Veronica Schindler also had a nice second day. She improved a lot.”

Schindler moved from 48th place at the end of Day 1 to 44th place at the end of the tournament. She shot a 48 and 51 on Day 2.

Next year, the Rebels hope to get back to state.

“The goal is to get back there, but everything needs to fall in place for us,” Huse said.

Ali Wood and Claire Christian led the Rebel girls.

Wood shot a 182 for 15th place. She was consistent with a 46 on the front nine and a 44 on the back nine of Day 1 to go along with a a pair of 46s Day 2.

Claire Christian tied Blooming Prairie’s Anna Noble for 16th place with a score of 184. Christian’s scores were 41 and 48 on Day 1, and 48 and 41 on Day 2.